Shoutout: How about Reggie Jackson, I guess? LeBron was great, as usual, but that’s kind of boring, so let’s say good job to young Reginald and his career-high 27 points on just 9-12 shooting in the Thunder’s easy win over the Celtics. Feels good.
Not so much: Brandon Jennings went 2-14 from the field and the Pistons lost by 28 at home to the Grizzlies, so this was a somewhat easier choice.
Spiderpig: Nate Robinson is just hanging around.
21 points on 7-11 shooting, five rebounds, five assists, three steals, no turnovers and one sweet, sweet rim hang for Nathaniel Cornelius, who helped lead the Nuggets to a 137-115 win over the Lakers in Los Angeles. And yes, his name really is “Nathaniel Cornelius,” so feel free to call him NateCorndog, if you want.
Balance: Stephen Curry only had 14 points on 5-17 shooting, but Klay Thompson and David Lee both went over 20 and the Warriors beat the Wizards by a bunch, giving them their ninth straight victory, so no big deal. Cool action.
Devious: You better watch your feet when you’re around J.R. Smith.
Shawn Marion went on to sprain his ankle so badly that it required amputation of both legs, just to stabilize him, so this is maybe not quite as funny as it seems at first blush. But also, I’m lying and the Knicks beat the Mavericks — never believe what you read.
Also: The Heat and Pacers beat the Raptors and Cavaliers by a combined nine points, changing absolutely nothing about the Eastern Conference.
Clarification: Was this Stephen Curry-to-Andrew Bogut off-the-backboard alley-oop intentional?
On one hand, it definitely looks like this is an accident on Stephen Curry’s side of things. But on the other hand, Andrew Bogut handles things so perfectly that it kind of seems like this was plan. Plus, as far as I can tell, neither of these guys enjoyed one of those “Haha, can’t believe that worked out” laughs that you usually see after stuff like this. Ergo, I think I am ruling “mostly on purpose” for this.
Tidbits: Nate Robinson also had another two putback dunks last night … Jerryd Bayless for Courtney Lee is one of those legendary trades we’ll tell our kids about … Carmelo “Defense” Anthony over here … Chris Paul is going to be out six weeks with a separated shoulder, so UGH … Leandro Barbosa is BACK